Tag Archives: birthdays

N’s Birthday

N turned 9 years old a few weeks ago. We celebrated twice– once in a small party with my family and once on her actual birthday at home.

My mom baked these fantastic cupcakes. I stood and watched her, trying to soak up some of her cupcake decorating skills.
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We surprised her by celebrating with my family. When she realized what we were doing, she asked to call her chaperone. The chaperone said she was so excited and wanted a photo of everyone together. 2015-08-09_0001

A simple request, but clearly it meant something to her. 2015-08-09_0002

She showed a ton of appreciate for each card, reading them carefully. I really don’t know that I’ve ever seen a child express so much gratitude.

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My niece picked out this stuffed dog from her collection and gave it to N. 2015-08-09_0004

One of our gifts to N was a pair of sneakers. It’s a truly practical gift– have something of good quality to take back with her and wear for the fall. Sneakers because this girl is so active! I thought it would be a boring gift, but it turned out to be one of her favorites. She even wore them to bed! 2015-08-09_0005

We celebrated N’s birthday the second time on her actual birthday. We arrived home from Pennsylvania that day, so we just had store bought cupcakes and gave her one gift.  2015-08-09_0006

Celebrating N’s birthday was a lot of fun! I think she truly appreciated

6/365: Eight

Eight years ago, Reed was born on Christmas Eve. Ukraine follows the Orthodox calendar, so January 7 is Christmas there.
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His birthday was pretty laid back. On Sunday, Aaron took him to Science City in Kansas City for the day. Today, he had a friend over after school for about an hour. We most just opened presents and hung out. He got a nerf gun from us and Walkie Talkies from my parents, along with a few other gifts. He loved playing with both of those.2015-01-06_0006

He also got his Olaf hat and a book called Ninja!
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Of course, we had cake.
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Happy Birthday to my smart, funny and energetic eight year old! Just eight more years until you can get that driver’s license you’re ready for.
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Lola’s Birthday

Lola, my mom, came to visit us at the end of March. Her last full day with us also happened to be her birthday. We wanted to do something fun and out of the ordinary.

First, we went to Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
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It was a beautiful day to be outside.

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I love hearing the birds… zoomed in really close and you can see this bird in her nest.
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Our trip to the preserve was cut a bit short by children demanding lunch. We got barbeque at the same place that we took Andrei to.
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Reed and Lena both made her cards.
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Reed made his days in advance and really took his time. So sweet to see.

We finished off her birthday by getting dinner, one of Lola’s favorites, jambalaya, and watching the sunset. It was a good one.
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Happy birthday, Lola! We love you.

Reed’s Seventh Birthday Questions

I realized that I never asked Reed his birthday questions, so we did that this weekend.

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1. What is your favorite color? Black… and orange

2. What is your favorite toy? Legos

3. What is your favorite fruit? Grapes

4. What is your favorite tv show? Ninjagos

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grilled Cheese

6. What is your favorite outfit? Ninja clothes

7. What is your favorite game? Tag

8. What is your favorite snack? Cheese-its

9. What is your favorite animal? Tiger

10. What is your favorite song? Music we listen to when we sleep

11. What is your favorite book? Lego books

12. Who is your best friend? Jack and sam

13. What is your favorite special treat? Cake

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Catching bugs

15. What is your favorite drink? Normal water

16. What is your favorite holiday? Fourth of July “Do you know what happens on the Fourth of July?” [Laughter] No “When we went to see the fireworks with your cousins… is that still your favorite?” Yeah

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Well, I don’t really take that much stuff in bed… um… well, that would be a monkey

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Chocolate muffin

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Tacos

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A police officer

Gus’s Third Birthday Questions

I decided to ask Gus the traditional 20 birthday questions yesterday, to start a record for him. I knew I probably wouldn’t get a real answer for most of these, so I put what he said when I got an answer. In brackets, I put what I think it really is. 

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1. What is your favorite color? Um… yes… [no clue]

2. What is your favorite toy? Yellow [cars]

3. What is your favorite fruit? Blue [applesauce]

4. What is your favorite tv show? Blue “Is it Yo Gabba Gabba?” YES!

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? “Grilled cheese?” YEAH!

6. What is your favorite outfit? Car, mama! [Ideally nothing, but since it’s cold out, something comfortable]

7. What is your favorite game? Um… game!

8. What is your favorite snack? Skaka! [raisins or cheddar crackers]

9. What is your favorite animal? “Is it doggies? Or cows?” Woof! Woof!

10. What is your favorite song? “Is it Little Red Caboose? Or [a russian song]?” I want ‘boos, mama

11. What is your favorite book? “Is it Llama Llama Red Pajama?” yeaaas.

12. Who is your best friend? [Probably Reed or Lena]

13. What is your favorite special treat? [anything sweet]

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? [Slide or swing]

15. What is your favorite drink? [Apple juice]

16. What is your favorite holiday?

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? [doggie]

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? [chocolate muffins]

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? [he had chicken nuggets and fries]

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Seven

It wasn’t Pinterest worthy. It won’t win me any supermom awards. But, it was 7-year-old-PERFECT.

Admiring gifts from grandparents.
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We had a taco bar. Everyone was pleased. Reed’s taco was HUGE.
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And of course, there was cake. He was so happy– everyone singing, candles, cake and his birthday.
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He tried to take a HUGE bite of cake and this happened…
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But, littlest brother still takes the cake for messiest cake eater.
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Happy Birthday, Reed! It’s hard to believe that he has been home for four birthdays now.
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